The Isle of Man is in the Irish sea halfway between England and Northern Ireland. The main towns on the island are Douglas and Peel both of which have self-catering hostel accommodation close by. With 40 percent of the island unpopulated, the Isle of Man is the perfect place to have a idyllic rural holiday. With a mountain in the middle and some stunning coast, not to mention a rural tram system the Isle of Man packs a lot into a small space. The hostels on the island provide perfect self-catering accommodation for individuals, groups or families.
Isle of Man bunkhouses
This map of the Isle of Man shows the locations of bunkhouses, outdoor centres and hostels providing good value self-catering accommodation in stunning scenery.
The Isle of Man sticks up out of the Irish Sea welcoming people to its shores. The rugged yet beautiful coastline and green, moorland interior combine to create a magical landscape. It’s no wonder UNESCO designated the entire island a biosphere reserve.
There is an abundance of wildlife that call Mann their home. A large population of seals take up residence on the island and the surrounding waters year-round. Take a trip out to sea and you may encounter dolphins or if you’re lucky Humpback Whales have been seen in the area in recent years. Don’t panic but the second largest fish in the world calls the waters around the Ilse of Man it’s home. At 12 metres long and weighing around 6 tonnes, the Basking Shark is significantly larger than a great white. However this isn’t a Jaws situation, they eat tiny plankton and are no threat to humans, so don’t be afraid of getting in the water. Bird watchers should bring their binoculars as a huge amount of Sea Birds live or stop off on the Mann.
Staying on the Island really gives you the opportunity to experience the rural life of living on a small island. The island has been inhabited for thousands of years. Its unique culture has been shaped by the arrival of Gaelic people from Ireland, the Vikings, and the British. While maintaining a sense of independence and individuality from the mainland.
The independent hostels here are surrounded by magnificent rural views and beautiful wildlife. The Isle of man is a great place to take your children- with farm parks, railways, museums, Heritage, theatres and cinemas, and parks and woodlands- there are plenty of things to keep your children busy and happy. After a day of fun, the little harbour towns are a great place to relax at a cosy, traditional pub, or enjoy fish and chips as the sun sets. Or if you’re more into the nightlife of things, the Isle of Man is very popular for its nightlife. From concerts to clubs, or just for a drink in the pub, they’ll be something for you.